What are P2P Meets support groups?
P2P Meets is a peer-led & trauma-informed, 7 week program that provides parents who have experienced birth-related trauma with the opportunity to understand and explore their trauma in a supported way and importantly to help them connect with a peer group and develop their own plan for moving forward on their trauma journey.
Key objectives of the program are:
· To provide recognition to participants they are not alone (sense of belonging)
· To validate felt trauma: whatever that trauma looks like (feeling understood)
· To raise awareness and normalise that fact that it is okay not to be okay
· Create new social supports
· Provide access to care pathways
· Assist participants to develop a path forward
WHY IS P2P MEETS NEEDED?
The P2P Meets program was developed in response to feedback from the ABTA community.
A need for the program is further demonstrated by the fact that one in three women identify their birth as traumatic, making physical and psychological birth trauma a major health issue in the community. Our members also report that parents who have a lived experience of birth trauma have a unique set of needs that are often not met by traditional mother’s groups/parenting groups.
The P2P Meets program is delivered to a group of 6-10 participants in 7 sessions. There is one session per week over seven weeks. The following topics provide the foundational content for the course however we recognise the importance of facilitating peer-lead discussion on topics relevant to each group and as such this program is flexible.
Week 1 – Laying the Foundations (Setting of Group Guidelines, Telling our stories)
Week 2 – What trauma looks like & Riding the Birth Trauma Rollercoaster
Week 3 – Playful and Connected Parenting
Week 4 – Friends, Family and Trauma
Week 5 – Exploring a Birth Debrief
Week 6 – Building your Village & Creating your Collaborative Health Team
Week 7 – Retelling our stories and where to from here
ABOUT OUR FACILITATORS
Facilitators of the program have a lived experience of birth-related trauma and undertake ABTA’s 4 Module peer mentor training program as well as a half day P2P Meets training workshop. The mentor training is facilitated by ABTA staff with relevant sections presented by a psychiatrist or psychologist, pelvic health physiotherapist and social worker.
Our groups are offered online and in-person. Online sessions are 1.5 hours. In-person session are 2 hours.
Children are most welcome at our in-person sessions.
Programs are run periodically and advertised via our social media channels. You can via upcoming programs on our Event Calendar.
Registration is free.
Other options for support
Women are welcome to join our Facebook Group – Australasian Birth Trauma Support to connect with other mothers and ask questions about trauma recovery.
Our Support Services Page contains information on other support services that may be useful.